Clouds of purple blossoms, a quintessential image of Brisbane

Few works in our Collection have enjoyed as much popularity as R. (Richard) Godfrey Rivers’s Under the jacaranda. Painted in 1903, some twelve years after the British-born Rivers arrived in Queensland, the image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting in the shade of a large jacaranda tree, at that time a landmark in Brisbane’s Botanic…

Bask in purple bloom of the jacaranda all year round

Paintings of jacarandas in bloom have become a popular and appealing subject for Brisbane artists, the most famous image of the jacaranda is R. Godfrey Rivers’s painting Under the jacaranda, which has achieved enormous popularity since it was painted and acquired by the Gallery in 1903. The image depicts Rivers and his wife Selina sitting…

Under the jacaranda: Synonymous with spring in Brisbane

Jacarandas are synonymous with spring in Brisbane. As the weather warms up each October, the trees lining our streets suddenly burst with that characteristic purple – a sign of picnic days and tropical rain storms to come. Why don’t you spend a Sunday morning visiting ‘Under the jacaranda’ then catch the citycat to the Brisbane…

Under the jacaranda: Queensland’s favourite painting

Kerry Gillett shares her thoughts on Queensland’s favourite painting Under the jacaranda 1903 by R Godfrey Rivers, and also one of Gillett’s favourite works in the Collection. RELATED: Under the jacaranda SIGN UP NOW: Like to be the first to know? Subscribe to QAGOMA Blog for the latest announcements, acquisition highlights, behind-the-scenes features, and artist stories. Asking me which…